Happiness

Hi everyone,

Thanks for joining me again today. 

I want to ask you today, what is your idea of happiness?  I was told last week at work that I look really good on Friday and that I looked happy.  I am happy, and this goes to show that if you are happy you radiate!

The definition of Happiness in the dictionary is – the feeling that comes over you when you know life is good and you can’t help but smile. It’s the opposite of sadness.

Happiness is a sense of well-being, joy, or contentment. When people are successful, or safe, or lucky, they feel happiness. Different people feel happiness for different reasons. Whenever doing something causes happiness, people usually want to do more of it. No one ever complained about feeling too much happiness.

Happiness

Being happy is so much better than feeling low and sad.  Especially these days when we hear so much about mental health.  It is so important that we share any problems or our insecutities we have with our nearest and dearest or there are people we can turn to for advice if we don’t have anyone that we feel that we can turn to.

Have a look at the list below on how to be happier

Manage your stress levels

If you have a lot of stress in your life, find ways to reduce it, such as learning a few time-management techniques.

Introduce regular exercise and time to yourself. These are positive changes. Taking control of your time in this way can effectively reduce stress.

If you have feelings of anxiety along with your stress, breathing techniques can help. 

Enjoy yourself

Doing things that you enjoy is good for your emotional wellbeing.

Simple activities like watching sports with a friend, having a soak in the bath or meeting up with friends for coffee can all improve your day.

Doing something you’re good at, such as cooking or dancing, is a good way to enjoy yourself and have a sense of achievement.

Try to avoid things that seem enjoyable at the time but make you feel worse afterwards, such as drinking too much alcohol or eating junk food.

Boost your self-esteem

Self-esteem is the way you feel about yourself.

The best way to improve your self-esteem is to treat yourself as you’d treat a valued friend, in a positive but honest way.

Notice when you’re putting yourself down, such as thinking, “You’re so stupid for not getting that job”, and instead think, “Would I say that to my best friend?”. You probably wouldn’t.

Tell yourself something positive instead, such as: “You’re a bright person, you’ll get the next job”.

Limit your alcohol intake

When times are hard, it’s tempting to drink alcohol because it “numbs” painful feelings.

But it can exaggerate some feelings and make you feel angry or aggressive. It can also make you feel more depressed.

Choose a well-balanced diet

Making healthy choices about your diet can make you feel emotionally stronger. You’re doing something positive for yourself, which lifts your self-esteem.

A good diet helps your brain and body work efficiently, too.

Do some exercise

Even moderate exercise releases chemicals in your brain that lift your mood.  It can help you sleep better, have more energy and keep your heart healthy. Choose an exercise that you enjoy. If it helps, do it with a friend or listen to music.

Get enough sleep

Around 7 to 8 hours is the average amount of sleep an adult needs for their body and mind to fully rest.

Writing a “to do” list for the next day before bed can organise your thoughts and clear your mind of any distractions.

Talk and share

Communication is important, whether it’s with a friend, family member or counsellor. 

Talking things through helps you to release tension, rather than keeping it inside. It helps strengthen your relationships and connect with people.

Lots of people find talking to a counsellor about things that are troubling them very helpful.

Build your resilience

Resilience is what allows you to cope with life’s ups and downs.

Making something worthwhile out of painful times helps your resilience grow.

Starting a support group to help others, or making something creative out of bad experiences by, for example, writing, painting or singing, can help you express pain and get through hard times.

These are good ideas on making sure that you look after yourself.  Nobody else is going to do that work for you, you need to take responsability for your own well being in order that you keep a positive outlook and in the process you make yourself happy.

Have a great day and I’ll see you tomorrow.

 

 

 

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